Nicaragua is one of Central America’s most vulnerable countries to recurring natural phenomena. Forty two years ago an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale completely destroyed the capital city of Managua, killing about 10,000 people. Given the vulnerability of the country, WFP initiatives in Nicaragua include supporting the government in preparing for and responding to emergencies, strengthening national capacities, providing technical and food assistance to affected populations, promoting approaches Human Rights Protection and Gender. Pictured, WFP participates in a simulation exercise conducted by the Government of Nicaragua in preparation for the response to an earthquake.